For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 01-01
January 16, 2001
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a civil penalty of $84,000 against World Courier, Inc., of New Hyde Park, New York, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that World Courier received a properly-declared shipment of dangerous goods (Infectious Substance Affecting Humans called "Aspergillus," a fungus) shipped from Thailand through Tokyo to New York's JFK International Airport last May 11.

World Courier then, according to FAA, placed the shipment in a yellow courier bag, labeled "WORLD COURIER HOLD AT AIRPORT FOR PICK-UP". World Courier declared the hazardous material shipment "Medical Shipment — Ambient Non-Hazardous, Non-Dangerous," contrary to the original and correct labeling. FAA alleged that the company also failed to provide and maintain emergency response information while the shipment was in transit.

The shipment was transported on an American Airlines passenger-carrying flight from La Guardia Airport, New York to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Texas and then on to San Antonio International Airport. An American employee in San Antonio discovered that the shipment was hazardous material and notified the FAA.

FAA alleged World Courier offered hazardous material for transportation by air when the material was not properly classed, described, packaged, marked labeled or in a condition for shipment as authorized under the hazardous materials regulations.

World Courier, Inc., has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA's practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.